Carbs In Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes are a favorite food for many people especially around the holidays. Mashed potatoes are the consummate side dish to the Thanksgiving turkey or holiday ham. Now we all know that mashed potatoes have carbs in them, but how many grams of carbs in mashed potatoes are there? Lets take a look:

Carbs In Mashed Potatoes
    •    1 small mashed potato has 16 grams of carbs 
    •    1 medium potato has 22 grams of carbs 
    •    1 large potato has 32 grams of carbs 

That's not too bad for people on a regular diet. But that's way too many carbs in mashed potatoes for people following a low carb diet like Atkins or South Beach.

Potatoes have a small amount of fiber in them, but not enough to make a difference in the net carb count. Regular white potatoes do provide energy, but they are not overly healthy. The quality of the carbohydrates is not very good. The energy from potatoes provides quick energy followed by a crash. They are high on the glycemic index scale, which means they give you a surge followed by a downer. Mashed potatoes also do not keep you feeling full for very long.
The other problem with mashed potatoes is that they are usually topped with fattening butter and artery clogging gravy. That does not mean you cannot enjoy mashed potatoes every once in awhile such as holidays.

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